Promote Public Awareness of Science with a COMPASS Outreach Grant —Deadline Approaching!

The Outreach Subommittee of the ASCB Committee for Postdocs and Students (COMPASS) is inviting applications for the first Outreach Grant cycle of 2017 to be submitted by February 15, 2017! COMPASS Outreach Grants provide funds to ASCB members to promote science outreach efforts, to help people un...

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Isaac Strong – High school biology teacher

Thank you for participating in ASCB career perspective questionnaire! We encourage you to be as open and honest as possible, but feel free to skip any questions that do not apply to you or that you do not feel comfortable answering publicly. The contributor cannot be anonymous. Your responses wil...

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Using U.S. Census data to understand and reform biomedicine

In late 2016, Nature published a special issue (Vol 538, Issue , 27 October 2016) on “Young Scientists”, leading with the Editorial, “Early-career researchers need fewer burdens and more support” (Editorial 2016).1 The opening paragraph of the editorial stated what those of us working on ...

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Winners of Comic Strip Announced

The ASCB is pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 Comic Contest organized by the Committee for Postdocs and Students.   Congratulations to…   1st place:  Natalie Sirisaengtaksin; Baylor College of Medicine “But he’s so hard to shop for…” 2nd place:...

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2016 in review

As the year ends and 2017 begins, it is a good time to review events over the past year and set new goals for the next year. It is time to reflect on the past, take pride in achievements, and learn from mistakes. Most importantly we should regroup with family, friends, and our support groups to enjo...

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How Cell Biologists Work: Amy Gladfelter on the “random-skip,” using your intuition, and crossing things off

The cell biology field is full of creative people and just as many creative approaches to doing great science. As a graduate student and aspiring cell biologist, I have always been curious about how people approach the multifaceted career of running a research lab. Unfortunately, we trainees rarely ...

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The first COMPASS writer of the year: Travis J. Bernardo, Ph.D.

In 2016, the ASCB Committee for Postdocs and Students (COMPASS) decided to both incentivize and reward members who were particularly active in the committee throughout the year. This award is given for contributions in writing and editing the highest number of (influential) COMPASS blog posts, as we...

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Looking Beyond Science

Several graduate students, particularly the ones looking to move out of academia, are often bombarded with the same question toward the end of their program: What should I do if I am not planning to stay in science? Will my skill set be enough to secure a job other than a post-doctoral fellowship? ...

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Accepting the Challenge of the Nobel Prize

The Nobel Prize is awarded to individuals whose entire life’s work has culminated into knowledge that can be utilized to benefit humanity. But Nobel Prize winners are not child protégés with special training. Like the rest of us, they ventured into their PhD studies with similar goals and worked...

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Erin Piazza – Associate Bioinformaticist II

Please describe your current position. My position is an interesting niche within bioinformatics, where I get to leverage my understanding of biology and computational skills to perform interesting and varied tasks. This mostly ends up meaning one of two things – biological content develo...

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